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‘There is now competition, even among players within the team’: Samson on T20 WC stomp | Cricket

Team India’s dynamic wicketkeeper batter Sanju Samson was not included in the squad’s 15-man squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup. Samson, 27, has been part of the squad since returning to international action after this year’s Indian Premier League; however, he only had limited opportunities in the playing XI due to the emergence of Dinesh Karthik in his role, following the latter’s impressive performance in the IPL. Samson didn’t even play in any of the five T20Is against South Africa in June and only played in one match of the two T20Is in Ireland.

After the return of the first team stars in the T20Is against England, Samson didn’t make it once in the three-game streak.

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However, Samson remains undaunted with the T20 WC as he realizes it’s always a “challenge” to cement a place in the Indian XI. “It’s going to be really challenging. Finding a place in the Indian team is really challenging. There’s a lot of competition, even within players who are on the team now. When these things happen, it’s important to focus on myself .” Samson said, as quoted by: PTI.

Since June earlier this year, Team India has taken a flexible approach to rosters, as well as batting order. Samson has played in three T20Is since Team India’s return from IPL and played in three different positions – opening the innings in the T20I against Ireland and playing in fifth and fourth position respectively in two games against the West Indies. The Kerala born wicketkeeper batter insists he worked around his game to ensure he remained flexible.

“Playing different roles is something I’ve been working on for years. I’m confident in hitting anywhere in the order,” said Samson.

“You shouldn’t fix a place for yourself. You can’t tell people, ‘I’m an opener or I’m a finisher.’ Over the past three to four years, playing in different roles and places (in sequence) has taken on a new dimension to my game.

“I’m happy with the way I’m performing. I want to improve,” he added.

Samson currently leads the Indian ‘A’ side as he takes on New Zealand ‘A’ in a one-day three-game series; all matches will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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